Vineyards sources for the 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are Hallberg and Barron Vineyards. Both vineyard sites are located within the Green Valley Sub-AVA of the Russian River Valley and planted on Goldridge Soils.
DRNK Wines was founded by partner and winemaker Ryan Kunde in 2012 with his wife, Katie Kunde, and her parents Dale and Nancy Dougherty. DRNK stands for the family's initials - Dale, Ryan, Nancy, Katie. A family inspired by each other's individual interests and pursuits, DRNK represents the collective joy of working and being together. Located in an idyllic setting, atop the Laguna Ridge in the heart of the Russian River Valley, DRNK Winery is the first Wine Cave of the Russian River Valley, and where the wine is cellared and private tours and tastings are held.
Ryan brings a rich winemaking legacy to DRNK, with a family legacy that includes five generations of vineyard stewardship in Sonoma County, dating back to the 1880's. Ryan's specialty is winemaking and a production specialist, where every step in the winemaking process is optimized for quality and the distinctive fruit expression of each vineyard site. Decisions are made by a philosophy that blends an understanding of the land with the evolving science literature and data that allows for precision winemaking. He is passionate about discovering new vineyard sites and the specific meso-effects within each vineyard block, and takes great pride in showcasing the quality and diversity of Sonoma County's vineyards.
Our 2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from two sites in the heart of Green Valley. This wine showcases great weight, depth, and range of flavors. Both sites are hand-harvested; the fruit is then whole-cluster hand sorted and mostly de-stemmed, followed by a five to six day cold soak. Fermentation typically takes twelve to fourteen days. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and wines aged sur lie. Wines are racked and blended only prior to bottling.